Haitian Voodoo Economics

By Christopher McManus On January 7th, President Rene Preval of Haiti put the final touches on the privatization of Haiti’s public telephone company, TELECO. Five days later the horrific earthquake leveled Haiti, killing over 200.000 people. The selling off of assets, the International Monetary Fund’s austerity measures, were under full swing under the Preval administration […]

Anti-privatizers victory against the REALM charter school in Berkeley? Or is it time to saddle up?

REALM Charter schools withdraws its petition to open both its proposed middle school and high school from the Berkeley Unified School Board (BUSD) In a tentative victory for opponents of the proposed REALM middle and high school charter schools proposed for Berkeley, California the proponents and creators of REALM (Revolutionary Education and Learning Movement) and […]

Victory for anti-privatiztion organizers? REALM charter school withdraws its petition to request the opening of REALM charter school in Berkeley, California

REALM Charter schools withdraws its petition to open both its proposed middle school and high school from the Berkeley Unified School Board (BUSD) In a tentative victory for opponents of the proposed REALM middle and high school charter schools proposed for Berkeley, California the proponents and creators of REALM (Revolutionary Education and Learning Movement) and […]

Theocrats, the establishment clause, religious theme schools and charter schools: The dis-association from American life

Authors Weinberg and Cooper claim that TiZA offers an example to citizens as to how to tailor such ‘religious theme’ schools to meet the exigencies of the Establishment clause while still allowing for a religiously or ethnically based ‘theme charter schools. Take their commentary published in Education Week in 2007 whereby they counsel those interested in opening such ‘theme’ schools could follow Ziyad Academy’s example.

Michele Bachmann: Welfare Queen

By Yasha Levine Michele Bachmann has become well known for her anti-government tea-bagger antics, protesting health care reform and every other government “handout” as socialism. What her followers probably don’t know is that Rep. Bachmann is, to use that anti-government slur, something of a welfare queen. That’s right, the anti-government insurrectionist has taken more than […]

Junk bonds, charter schools and insider fraud

November 29, 2009 - 10:00 AM The following story provides more evidence of the economic and fraudulent wake that is enveloping public schools throughout the nation through the Trojan horse for privatization called ‘charter schools’.  Do not be fooled, for all over the US the havoc wrought from a decaying social fabric is being exposed […]

Charter Schools Excacerbate Ethnic, racial and class divisions while feeding into a politics public meltdown

In a study of ethnic and class stratification in fifty-five urban and fifty-seven rural charter schools in Arizona done for the Education Policy Analysis, a nonprofit think-tank some ten years ago, researchers noted that nearly half the charter schools studied exhibited evidence of substantial ethnic separation (Cobb and Glass 1999, 1). They concluded that subtle […]